OC Sport, the organiser of the Extreme Sailing Series, has appointed Canadian John Craig as its new race director for the global stadium racing competition.
Craig will replace Phil Lawrence in the role from the start of 2017. The two will work closely together for the remainder of the 2016 series to ensure a smooth transition into the next season. Lawrence had previously been announced as the new race director for the Volvo Ocean Race, following his former boss and OC Sport founder Mark Turner.
Having previously worked as the principal race officer for the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco and in the same role for the America's Cup World Series, Craig comes with a wealth of experience. He also oversaw the development of World Sailing's Sailing World Cup and was most recently the race director for the Red Bull Foiling Generation.
“The direction of the sport is foiling and with the change in boats for the Extreme Sailing Series, I am really excited about the opportunity to fill Phil’s boots and bring some of the elements I’ve learnt through the America’s Cup and the Foiling Generation to help here,” said Craig.
“I think the product is really good – the event set-up, the TV product the stadium element are all key to moving the sport forward. I’ve followed the series since I was a guest at the Boston event in 2011 and I have watched as it’s grown. It really is the professional side of the sport.”
The next Extreme Sailing Series event is in St Petersburg, Russia, from 1st to 4th September. Oman Air current lead the team rankings, with 47 points at the halfway stage of the season, with four events down and four to go.